Mini Project for Northern Uganda
ESAU through her partners has secured a grant from Disabled People's Organization of Denmark (DPOD) to implement a two year project in Acholi sub region covering the 4 districts of Amuru, Gulu, Pader and Kitgum. ESAU intends to form 12 Psycho social support groups for people with epilepsy with democratically elected leadership. ESAU has thus established an office for this project in Gulu for proper implementation, monitoring and supervision. The project focuses on massive sensitization of the communities and institutions of higher learning through forum theatre and mobilizing people with epilepsy.
Forum Theatre is an interactive form of theatre that encourages audience interaction and explores different options for dealing with a problem or issue and it is often used by socially excluded and disempowered groups. Forum Theatre has been identified by ESAU as a tool of providing accurate information on epilepsy as a way of Sensitizing young professionals and community members on epilepsy in order to enhance a better understanding of epilepsy so that they can provide adequate support to people with epilepsy.
The project shall conduct 70 forum theatre performances in total where 50 of them shall be in the communities and 20 in institutions. The community performances are being conducted in the local language (Luo) so that people can understand the messages in the play while the ones in institutions are conducted in English.
In this project, ESAU target is to reach 1,000 People with Epilepsy, 10,000 parents of people with epilepsy, 6,000 community members, 4000 professionals &, 50 district leaders (politicians, civil servants, nurses & students) to be reached with epilepsy information through forum theatre. ESAU also intends to establish partnerships, linkages and cordial relationships with the nodding syndrome task force in Pader and Kitgum.
Improving Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health through the Rights Based Approach among Rural Communities in Uganda
Voices for Health Rights (VHR) a civil society coalition advocating for the promotion of the right to health will implement the advocacy project employing the Rights Based Approach in partnership with Sida.VHR maternal health advocacy program aims at contributing to the realization of MDG 5 through community empowerment, promoting access and utilisation of maternal, sexual and reproductive health services among rural communities in 18 districts of Uganda.
In line with the core focus of VHR on health rights, 11 Organisations which include Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), Traditional and Modern Health Practitioners Together Against AIDS and other Diseases (THETA), Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA), Health Rights Action Group (HAG), Mental Health Uganda (MHU), Sickle Cell Association, Epilepsy Support Association Uganda (ESAU), Joyce Fertility Support Centre, National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (NACWOLA) and Basic Needs Uganda (BNUU) proposed a 3-year advocacy program focused on the right of all mothers to life and health, as provided for in the international covenants on human rights of 1948 and 1966 and the Uganda Constitution of 1995. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency agreed to fund the project
ESAU-IBE School Project
With support from International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), Epilepsy Support Association Uganda (ESAU) is partnering with Secondary schools to facilitate the implementation of different activities that are aimed at increasing awareness about epilepsy, provide accurate information on the same condition, build the self esteem of school going children, give facts to school administrators and teachers so that epilepsy is brought out of the shadows in Uganda. The project aims at forming epilepsy clubs in 15 secondary schools in Kampala schools to make epilepsy information flow more efficient and accessible.